GW's Anna Kaminski Makes U.S. U-23 Rowing National Team
Rising Senior to Row at U-23 World Championships in Lithuania in July
June 28, 2012
WASHINGTON - After winning her event at the United States' U-23 Trials, George Washington women's rowing student-athlete Anna Kaminski will row as a member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team at the World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania, next month.
Kaminski and partner Rosie Popa (Cal-Berkeley) won the women's pair event at the U.S. U-23 World Championship Trials on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., on Wednesday. The pair finished in first place in 7:37.236, narrowly defeating the second-place boat by just one-tenth of a second.
"I am very excited to represent both GW and the United States at the World Championships," said Kaminski. "It has been great rowing all summer with so many talented athletes. Being surrounded by and training with so many elite rowers pushed me to work very hard every day."
Kaminski concluded a standout junior season for the Colonials by being named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and GW's Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row. She rows from the No. 4 seat in the Colonials' Varsity 8 boat and played an instrumental role in GW's second-place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championship on May 5.
"We are extremely proud of Anna and her incredible accomplishment," said Head Coach Eric Carcich. "Her work ethic over the past three seasons has shown that she is a worthy addition to the U-23 National Team. Everybody here at George Washington is very happy for her and we are excited to monitor her progress in Lithuania next month."
At the end of the 2011 season, Kaminski was invited to the prestigious US Rowing Women's National Team Pre-Elite Camp, which develops athletes for the United States' Under-23 and Senior National Teams. After the 2012 season concluded, she was invited to the U-23 World Trials where she paired with partner Popa to clinch a spot at next month's World Championships.